March 2, 1935 - Editorial - The Hen and the Carp, by George Lorimer
"What's all the noise?" asked the carp from the water's depths.
"That's a Hen," was the reply.
"But why is she so excited?" asked the carp.
"She has just laid an egg."
"Humph!" said the carp. "I lay a million eggs a year, and no one pays the least attention to them."
The carp, it seems to us, stands for industry and business, very quiet, submerged and unadvertised just at present, but still laying a million eggs in jobs and orders. The hen stands for the intelligentsia, the brain trusters and the reformers. Their egg has been noisily publicized. It is made up of promises, proposals and plans. Out of it comes an endless discussion as to whether Socialism, Communism or Fascism would be best for the country, and the calm assumption that nothing else is possible. The cackle which accompanies the laying of this egg is so loud that one would suppose that no other had ever been produced.
We are making all too free use in the United States of such terms as Communism and Fascism, thereby rendering it increasingly difficult to develop our own American types of organization and leadership. Despite all the free talk, the rash assumptions, we still fundamental depend on business to adopt new ideas, make new products and produce new values. Only a few decades ago, the people were not using electricity, automobiles, concrete roads, bathrooms, automatic refrigeration, air travel, radio, busses, telephones, conditioned air, oil furnaces, and fresh fruit and vegetables the year round.
The carp laid most of these eggs, and in hundreds of laboratories ideas are taking form which will lead to further similar advances. A great many people are getting restless, with so much talk about depression. They want to go ahead, and they want business to go ahead.
Thousands of small as well as many large businesses are in a position to turn the corner. To assume that there will be no further new ideas, methods and products in industry from now on is to go against all experience. There are sure to be new ways to stimulate consumption, instead of merely trying to regulate production. There is certain to be a new crop of business leaders, and the word "success," anathema at present, is bound to be heard again. We submit that the number and importance of the eggs is not to be judged by the cackle of the moment. (pg. 22)
Comments: Another new type of media invention that was soon to be ready for market in 1939 was television. RCA was the company that led the way in inventing television, and NBC was originally part of RCA. However, when television was ready to market in 1939, the FCC jumped in and stopped them for a year, thereby denying new employment to thousands of people. Why did they do this? Simple. What people see and hear needed to be regulated in accordance with the New Deal philosophy. Television may entertain people, but it has proven itself to be the biggest boon to mass mental conditioning ever invented. Of course, RCA probably didn't intend for television to be used for this purpose back when they were inventing it, but when government claims the power to regulate everything under the sun, that's just the way it is. If the Constitution doesn't give the rulers the power to do something, the alternative is to make people think that they do.